Latest Lori Lightfoot News

Judge: Obama center construction can move forward in Chicago

Jun. 11, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Plans to build Barack Obama's $500 million presidential center on Chicago's lakefront can move forward, a federal judge said Tuesday in dismissing an advocacy group's lawsuit objecting to the use of historic public parkland. After hearing nearly an hour of arguments, U.S. District Judge John...

APNewsBreak: Video shows police vehicles crashing into car

Jun. 10, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Surveillance video obtained exclusively by The Associated Press shows two fast-moving Chicago police vehicles with their emergency lights on colliding at an intersection, then crashing into a stationary car and killing an 84-year-old retired teacher. The video was provided to the AP on...

Chicago Alderman Burke pleads not guilty in corruption case

Jun. 4, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — One of the most powerful aldermen in Chicago's history has pleaded not guilty to federal political corruption charges. Alderman Edward M. Burke entered the plea Tuesday after a superseding indictment last week accused the 50-year Chicago City Council veteran of racketeering, bribery and...

Chicago mayor: Letter being sent to ask alderman to resign

May. 31, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The new mayor of Chicago who has promised to rid City Hall of corruption said Friday that her office would be sending a letter to a longtime alderman asking him to step down amid federal charges. Mayor Lori Lightfoot's comments followed her less formal request Thursday for Alderman Edward M....

Chicago mayor demands resignation of indicted alderman

May. 30, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling on a longtime Chicago alderman to resign after a federal indictment accused him of racketeering, bribery and attempted extortion. Edward M. Burke is a 50-year veteran of the City Council, making him one of the most powerful in its history. However...

Chicago mayor gets first reforms through City Council

May. 29, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot has begun implementing reform to Chicago's City Hall. During her first time chairing a City Council meeting, Lightfoot got aldermen to go along with her picks to chair council committees that will vote on key parts of her agenda. The aldermen also approved new operating...

Family: Chicago police vehicles caused deadly weekend crash

May. 28, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The family of an 84-year-old woman killed in a crash involving Chicago police has sent a letter to the mayor and police chief saying police vehicles caused the weekend accident, which injured more than a dozen people in all, including 10 officers. The letter, provided to The Associated Press...

1st black woman sworn in as Chicago mayor; vows big reforms

May. 20, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot told aldermen and other city powerbrokers assembled at her inauguration Monday as Chicago's first black woman mayor that she meant what she said on the campaign trail about top-to-bottom reforms in the nation's third largest city. "For years, they've said Chicago ain't ready...

The Latest: New Chicago mayor delivers on reform pledge

May. 20, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Lori Lightfoot as Chicago mayor (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Newly installed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot moved to enact a reform pledge she made during her campaign. Lightfoot signed an executive order Monday afternoon limiting aldermanic prerogative....